A project to establish mangrove forests that will alleviate climate change and preserve coastal biodiversity in central Thua Thien – Hue province was launched at a seminar in Hue city on November 27.

The event was jointly organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Nokia and the provincial Forestry Science-Technology Association.

The WWF-funded project will run until July 2014, and develop local skills in planting, caring and mangrove forest management. It will see the planting of an additional 23,000 mangrove trees to increase forest acreage, the safeguarding of anti-salinity dams and the creation of environmentally-friendly aquafarming lakes.

Huong Phong mangrove forest in Huong Tra district will be expanded to serve as a windbreak, minimise flood impacts, recover aquatic stocks and reduce environmental pollution.

Over 400 households will benefit from sustainable aquatic farming and reduced flood risk.

Huong Phong primeval mangrove forest at Tam Giang lagoon is home to a range of life including shrimp, fish, crab, heron and storks.-VNA